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Finding Meaning : Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature - Reprint by Brandy Nalani Mcdougall

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Winner of the Native American Literature Symposium's Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Monograph

In this first extensive study of contemporary Hawaiian literature, Brandy Nalani McDougall examines a vibrant selection of fiction, poetry, and drama by emerging and established Hawaiian authors, including Haunani-Kay Trask, John Dominis Holt, Imaikalani Kalahele, and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. At the center of the analysis is a hallmark of Hawaiian aesthetics—kaona, the intellectual practice of hiding and finding meaning that encompasses the allegorical, the symbolic, the allusive, and the figurative.

With a poet’s attention to detail, McDougall interprets examples of kaona, guiding readers through olelo no'eau (proverbs), mo‘olelo (literature and histories), and mooku'auhau (genealogies) alongside their contemporary literary descendants, unveiling complex layers of Hawaiian identity, culture, history, politics, and ecology.

Throughout, McDougall asserts that “kaona connectivity” not only carries bright possibilities for connecting the present to the past, but it may also ignite a decolonial future. Ultimately, Finding Meaning affirms the tremendous power of Indigenous stories and genealogies to give activism and decolonization movements lasting meaning.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 204
Genre: Social Science, Literary Criticism
Series Title: Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
Author: Brandy Nalani Mcdougall
Language: English
Street Date: January 16, 2018
TCIN: 53739889
UPC: 9780816537945
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-1087
$30.00

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